Edvard Grieg

Biography

Born: 1843   Died: 1907   Country: Norway   Period: Romantic
Composer Edvard Grieg, the icon of Norwegian music, left his home in Bergen, Norway to study at the conservatory in Leipzig. There he began his formal musical education under the auspices of Ignaz Moscheles (piano) and Carl Reinecke (composition). While in school, the young composer saw the premiere of his first work, his String Quartet in D minor, performed in Karlshamn, Sweden. Despite being diagnosed with a form of tuberculosis, which left him Read more with only one functioning lung, Grieg graduated from the conservatory in 1862. The composer had an intense desire to develop a national style of composition, but recognized the importance of becoming well versed in the work of the European masters, and consequently relocated to Copenhagen, studying with Niels Gade. He was thus able to remain in Scandanavia, while working in a thriving cultural center. In 1867 against his family's better judgment, Grieg married his cousin Nina Hagerup, a talented pianist, but whose vocal abilities enchanted the composer even more. Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to Oslo, where Grieg supported them by teaching piano and conducting. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe and it was during a period of time spent in Denmark, the composer wrote his landmark opus, the Piano Concerto in A minor. The premiere was given in 1869, with Edmund Neupert as the soloist. The piece was received with an enthusiasm that would attach itself to the composer's reputation for the remainder of his career.

Grieg admired his literary contemporaries and forged a productive partnership with Bjötjerne Björnson, playwright and poet, with whom he staged performances of such works as Before a Southern Convert, and Bergliot. While Björnson struggled with his output, Grieg met and befriended Henrik Ibsen. The forthcoming collaboration would prove significant for both, as Grieg would supply incidental music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt. The premiere was performed to critical acclaim and eventually led to Grieg's scoring of Peer Gynt into Suites 1 and 2 (1888 and 1893 respectively).

As a result of the success of Peer Gynt, Grieg enjoyed tremendous celebrity and continued to travel extensively, often meeting internationally renowned composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Liszt, among others. In addition to a grant he was awarded in 1874, Grieg was able to earn the majority of his money by adhering to a vigorous schedule of recital tours. He served briefly as the music director of the Bergen Symphony Orchestra, and from 1880-1882, held the same position at the Bergen Harmonien. In 1885, Grieg and his wife relocated once again, this time to his native Bergen, Norway, where he built their celebrated home, Troldhaugen. The property, a popular tourist destination to this day, features a secondary building overlooking the water, which the composer used as his work area, as he could only work in solitude. He and his wife summered in Norway and departed each fall for European tours that would last the remainder of the year. Grieg also conducted extensively throughout his country.

Grieg was adored wherever he traveled and lived at a pace that would eventually catch up with him. Grieg died of chronic fatigue, with much credit given to his lifelong health problems, in his hometown of Bergen.

Norway's most famous composer, dedicated his career to the pursuit of a national sound. The respect he had for his predecessors illustrates the sincerity with which he worked towards this goal. He wrote in the Romantic tradition with, in his own words, the determination to "create a national form of music, which could give the Norwegian people an identity." Read less
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite, Lyric Suite / Leppard, ECO
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Catalog: 432277   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Holberg Suite

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  • 26.
    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Grieg / simonov
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28190 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    In Folk Style / Trondheim Soloists [SACD+Blu-ray]
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 68 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emilia Amper,  Edvard Grieg,  Gjermund Larsen
    Performer:  Geir Inge Lotsberg
    Conductor:  Oyvind Gimse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Soloists
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  • 28.
    Romantischer Streicherklang Aus Dresden
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 7771037 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius,  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Hentrich
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  • 29.
    Grieg: Piano Works / Hakon Austbo
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94046 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Haakon Austbö
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  • 30.
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38004 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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  • 31.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite;  Sibelius: Karelia / Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412727 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Tchaikovsky: Serenade For Strings;  Grieg, Mozart / Bashmet, Moscow Soloists
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4037 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
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    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Tone Pictures, Lyric Pieces / Katya Apekisheva
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2061 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Katya Apekisheva
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  • 34.
    Mozart, Elgar, Grieg, Bach / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53356 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
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    Scandanavian Suite / Guildhall String Ensemble
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60439 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Dag Wirén,  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Robert Salter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall String Ensemble
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  • 36.
    Grieg: From Holberg's Time, Orchestral Works / Suitner
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1429 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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    Grieg: Orchestral Works / Suitner, Berlin Staatskapelle
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 185442 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Grieg: The Complete Orchestral Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1740/2 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Håkan Hagegård,  Ingebjörg Kosmo,  Ståle Bjornhaug,  Svein Sturla Hungnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kor Vest,  Bergen Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Sibelius: Finlandia, Etc / Boskovsky
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 411933 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Walter Weller,  Kazimierz Kord,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Scandinavian Serenade
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3342 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Dag Wirén,  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Leonard Friedman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Baroque Ensemble
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  • 41.
    Best Of Grieg
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000917202 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Marianne Eklöf,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Norwegian Airs, Etc / Pople, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 496840 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Grieg: Complete Solo Piano Music / Knardahl, Derwinger
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1626 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johan Halvorsen
    Performer:  Love Derwinger,  Eva Knardahl,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Conductor:  Jun'ichi Hirokami,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Grieg: Music For Strings / Barratt-due, Oslo Camerata
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557890 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
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  • 45.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite/Stenhammer: Serenade/Nielsen: Little Suite
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 927430752 Release Date: 04/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  Edvard Grieg,  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Bernt Lysell
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Géza Szilvay,  Ari Rasilainen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Helsinki Strings,  Norwegian Radio Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Music for Strings / Ruud, Bergen PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1491 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Gemini - Grieg: Orchestral Works, Etc / Barbirolli, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86513 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Daniel Adni
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Paavo Berglund,  Paul Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Grieg: Works For Piano Vol 1 / Antonio Pompa-baldi
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2683 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi
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  • 49.
    Music For Freedom - Grieg, Sibelius, Et Al / Toscanini
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2298/99 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  John Stafford Smith,  Traditional,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Grieg - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000395302 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Quintin Ballardie,  José Luis Garcia
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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Edvard Grieg


WORKS
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 1. Präludium (Allegro vivace)
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 2. Sarabande (Andante)
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 3. Gavotte (Allegretto) - Musette (poco più mosso) - Gavotte
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 4. Air (Andante religioso)
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op.40 - 5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
1. Morning Mood
2. The Death Of Aase
3. Anitra's Dance
4. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
1. The Abduction (Ingrid's Lament)
2. Arabian Dance
3. Peer Gynt's Return
4. Solveig's Song